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Gun Safe Fire Test

Gun Safe Fire Test

In our latest YouTube video, you’ll see just how fireproof our gun safes are. Our CEO Kevin is so sure it will perform under the test, he puts a family photo and $3,000 cash in the safe. See what happens below!

Our gun safes are so fireproof, they survive a fire test at over 2400 degrees!

If you’re in the market for a gun safe, and fireproofing is important to you, consider Sportsman Steel Safes & Pentagon Safes. In 35 years we’ve only had one step door safe lost to fire. If any of our gun safes is caught in a fire, we’ll give you a free replacement safe!

Call us about our fireproof gun safes today: 800-266-7150

4 Tips for Responsible Gun Owners

Gun owners have a lot of things on their minds. Current gun laws, ammo prices, and other topics are important, but there’s something that every gun owner is concerned about: proper gun usage. Responsible gun ownership is important for a variety of reasons. Using and storing your firearms keeps you and your loved ones safe, and your responsible behavior also sets a good example for people who have negative views on firearms. If you own a gun, make sure you follow these important rules.

Always point in a safe direction

This is quite possibly the most important rule gun owners can follow. Whenever you have a gun, make sure that your gun is always pointed in a safe direction. A good rule of thumb is to never allow your gun to be pointed at anything you don’t intend to shoot. Even if you know that your safety is on, and even if your gun isn’t loaded, you should always have your gun pointed away from people. Treat every gun like it’s loaded. In these situations, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and you don’t want to make a mistake the one day you accidentally forget the usual routine.

Don’t rely on the safety 


Your gun is designed to be as safe as possible, but even manufacturers with an excellent safety record could make mistakes. A gun’s safety setting isn’t an infallible tool; it’s a mechanical device that can jam, or fail like any other. To be perfectly honest, your “safety” is more likely to fail from human error than some kind of mechanical malfunction. You may mistakenly think that you put the safety on when you forgot, or the safety may have been somehow disengaged without you knowing it.

Know what is beyond your target

Despite what most people see in movies, some bullets don’t stop once they hit their target. It’s possible for them to travel through your targeted object and into something behind it. It’s also possible that you may miss your shot, and that the bullet could ricochet into something in the immediate area. You should never fire your gun unless you’re sure that you have a clear shot. Don’t fire when you hear a sound, or see motion or color. Always wait for visual confirmation before you pull your trigger.

Store the guns and ammo properly

Only have your firearm loaded when you’re ready to use it. Never let a loaded gun out of your sight or your hands, and make sure that you’re always in control of your gun when you have it. Also, it’s important that you keep your guns and ammo someplace safe. Some people think that gun safes are only for firearms, but there are plenty of safes with ample space for both your guns and your ammo.

3 Tips for Teaching Your Children About Guns

According to a gun ownership survey done by Gallup Inc. and Gun Owners of America, 36% of people they surveyed own a gun. Gun ownership is an important issue to a lot of Americans, and despite the political differences that people have over it, there is something that people on every side of the issue can agree on: the importance of gun safety and education.

Learning about safety and proper usage is important for every gun owner, but especially gun owners that have children. Since gun ownership has become such a debated issue, it is never too early to talk to your children about the subject. Some parents never quite know how to bring up these topics to their children. Finding the right approach depends on your own feelings and the kind of relationship you want your children to have with guns. What you tell your children is obviously up to you, but here is some universal advice that should help your discussion to go smoothly.

De-mystify guns in your home

Guns can be very fascinating to children, and keeping them locked away only adds to the mystery and piques their curiosity. No one is saying that you should leave your guns out in the open, but you should try to take away some of that forbidden allure that can get some curious kids in trouble. Let them know why you keep guns in your home, whether it’s for hunting, protection, or other personal reasons. If you go to a shooting range or like to go hunting, take your kid along one day to show them what you use your gun for. They’ll get used to seeing them, and they’ll understand why you personally choose to keep them.

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Make a distinction between real gun use and play/fake gun use

When we’re talking about play guns, we aren’t talking about the plastic revolvers and super soakers your kids are playing with. Kids see guns in televisions shows, Youtube videos, and movies, and it’s safe to say that in almost every situation they aren’t portrayed realistically. Wildly shooting in the air or into a crowd to get “bad guys,” holding guns sideways to look cool, waving around guns menacingly with a finger on the trigger to prove a point — all of this exaggerated behavior may look great on screen but, in real life, any of those actions could end up hurting someone.

Lead by example

The old saying that “actions speak louder than words” is very true when it comes to teaching your children. If you want your child to have a healthy relationship with firearms, lead by example. Show them that you always unload your gun when you get home, and that you make sure to put it in your gun safe so that it’s secure at all times and you know where it is. Your kids will eventually see how to responsibly use firearms and, when they’re old enough, they’ll be prepared to handle their gun of choice because they grew up with such an excellent example of proper gun usage and ownership.

Do you have any other suggestions for teaching kids about gun safety? Let us know!

Gun Buying Tips For Beginners

After taking time to think about the pros and cons of firearm and gun ownership, you’ve decided to purchase one of your own.  A poll conducted by the Gun Owners of America and Gallup Inc. showed that in 2011 36% of the people they surveyed owned some sort of gun or firearm, and soon you’ll join that special percentage of citizens that choose to own a firearm.  There are a lot of different kind of firearms you could, and if you’re new to the world of firearms and self defense, finding a gun of your own can seem a little overwhelming.  Guns have been getting a bad reputation lately, but you don’t have to be a gun aficionado or  into gun politics to be able to pick a good gun to defend yourself.   If you follow these simple gun buying tips, you’ll be able to find the gun that you need to meet your needs.

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Think and research

Some guns may look similar, but that doesn’t mean that they’re anything alike in terms of handling, ammo, shot range, and other important factors.  Before you start look at different gun manufacturers, think about what your ideal gun would be like.  Do you want something small you’ll easily be able to conceal, or are you comfortable handling something that is a bit larger?  Can you handle something that will have a bit of a hard kick when you fire it, or do you need something that will be gentle?  Once you figure out what you’re looking for, it’s time to go online.  The NRA has been publishing the American Rifleman for decades, and the web version of their publication has a lot of information for first time gun buyers.  When you’re deciding don’t worry about taking too much time to think about what you’re looking for.  A gun is a major purchase, and it’s something that can be costly to replace.  If you rush and pick the first thing that catches your attention you could end up disappointed, so take all of the time you need to make your decision.

Think about ammo

It’s easy to spend most of your time thinking about the kind of gun you want to own, but the bullets that you’ll be using with the gun are equally important.  Ammo can vary from brand to brand as much as different guns can, so once you think you have an idea of the kind of gun you’ll want start to do research on the recommended type of ammo for it.  Some ammo can be very inexpensive and easy to find, other kinds can be costly and may only be sold by a certain company.

Only find a legitimate gun seller

If you do a search for handgun buyers online, you’ll no doubt come up with countless nearby sellers who promise the cheapest and most “discreet” services.  Don’t let a good deal cloud your judgment, you should only work with licensed firearms sellers.  That isn’t just to make sure that you get a quality weapon, it’s to make sure that you don’t get in trouble with the law.

Take a gun safety course

We know, we know, you know plenty of people that own guns and they’ve never taken a proper safety or shooting course before in their lives.  Gun safety is far too important of an issue to ignore, and responsible gun owners do whatever they can to make sure that they’re safe.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a safety and shooting course, your local gun club may offer discount classes or completely free classes.

Buy a gun safe

Also make sure that you have what you need to safely store your gun at home.  Look for the safest gun safe money can buy, and make sure that you know how to properly store ammo.

Need help determining which is the best gun safe for you? Give us a call: 800-266-7150.

Why Buying a Gun Safe from Lowe’s Might Be a Bad Idea

A lot of our customers come to us saying that they have purchased gun safes from big retailers, chain stores or sporting goods stores in the past and have only been disappointed. They thought they were getting a good quality gun safe for a good price. Little did they know that these gun safes simply didn’t live up to their needs. Here are some reasons why buying a gun safe from a big retailer like Lowe’s might be a bad idea.

Most of the big retailers gun safes have minimum quality. The steel is not only thin, but so are the frames that protect the bolts. Usually 1/8 or 3/16″. That means they can be pried by two men with 3 foot long crowbars. You can actually see this all over the internet. But Sportsman Safes are different. Because we don’t sell to middlemen, we can spend more $ on your gun safe; offering you 3/4″ steel frames, which are nearly impossible to pry.

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Most big chain stores like Lowe’s have gun safes with 1/8″ bodies. That’s pretty thin. Many devices can cut through these walls. At Sportsman Safes you can get gun safes with 1/4″ steel bodies which are twice as thick. We’ve never had a 1/4″ steel body cut through in 35 years!

Plus, our prices are only 300-400 more than the generic chain store gun safes. You’re going to have the gun safe for the rest of your life. $300 more isn’t a lot to spend. That’s only $10 more a year for life. It’s worth it, especially if you experience a fire or attempted break-in.

Also keep in mind that standard gun safes at chain stores like Walmart and Lowe’s can’t be custom ordered. Maybe you have expensive guns that need more protection. It’s impossible to order more fire protection or thicker steel and hard-plate. At Sportsman Safes we can make your walls 1″ solid steel if you want or 2 hour fire resistant. For not as much money as you’d think.

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Lastly, when you’re out of state, you pay NO SALES TAX on our gun safes. Most times chain stores in your state will charge your tax. In the $100’s. Not here.

Still considering buying a Lowes gun safe? Give us a call first: 800-266-7150.

Gun Safe 101: What to Look For in a Gun Safe

If you’re searching for a gun safe, then you know that all of the options can be a bit overwhelming. By purchasing a safe, you are making a responsible and important investment; it’s important that you select the best one for your needs. Here is some essential information to consider so that you make an educated decision and purchase.

  • Why Are You Purchasing a Gun Safe?  There are many different types of gun safes available on the market. If you’re looking to secure your firearms from children and nothing else, then a locking metal cabinet will do the job nicely. However, if you want to safeguard your guns from fire, then you’ll need a safe that can withstand high temperatures for an extended period of time. On the other hand, if your primary concern is theft by savvy people who are able to pick a lock, then you’ll want a heavy gauge steel safe that is weighty and hard to remove from your home. Once you are able to identify your needs, you will be better able to shop for a safe.
  • Bolt Coverage – This term is used to describe how many sides of the door have bolts that lock. Cheaper gun safes will only have bolts on one side of the door, while others can have bolts on every side. Better bolt coverage makes it very difficult for a thief to be able to pry the safe open. In addition, the more bolts a gun safe has, the tighter the seal, which means it will help protect guns in the event of a fire.
  • Lock Type – When purchasing a gun safe, you have the option of a mechanical, biometric, or keypad lock. Mechanical locks are the most popular and are opened by dialing the combination on a hand-turned wheel. These do not require power and are considered to be the most reliable. A biometric lock is new technology that uses fingerprint recognition to unlock the safe. Since this is a new and sophisticated type of lock, these gun safes are the most expensive. Lastly, keypad locks require entry of a numeric combination on a keypad. This type is battery operated and will open when the battery is dead, leading some consumers to avoid it.


  • Thickness of Metal – Good gun safes range in metal thickness from 12 to 7 gauge; the smaller the gauge, the thicker the metal. As a result, 12 gauge safes are the minimum that you should get — anything less should be avoided because it will be thinner and offer limited security to your firearms.

When purchasing a gun safe, it’s important to pay attention to the above features so you get the best product for your needs. Learn more about our gun safes and get a gun safe quote. Call us today with any questions at:  800-266-7150.

20/20 Special Discusses the Importance of Gun Safes

In one of our previous blogs, we wrote about gun safety programs for children across the United States. These programs are becoming more and more popular, as statistics show that 40% of households in America contain guns and, further, 30% of those guns are loaded and not secured.


ABC News must have had the same thing on their minds because on January 31st, they aired a 20/20 special called “Young Guns.” The special was hosted by Diane Sawyer and David Muir, and covered the hot topic of kids and gun safety across the United States. A large emphasis was placed on the importance of keeping guns in safes and how some families who hide their guns don’t think that they’re necessary. The special also talks to families who believe that teaching their children how to properly shoot a gun is a big part of gun safety. Here are a couple of the main topics that the special covered.



Are Your Children Safe at a Friend’s House?


Diane Sawyer visited a neighborhood in New Jersey and talked to families about their feelings on gun safety in the home. Specifically, she asked them about guns in the homes of their children’s friends. Sawyer questioned parents about whether they ever asked if there were unlocked guns in these homes. Every parent that Sawyer talked to said that they had never even thought to ask. Parents normally talk to other parents about things like their children’s food and animal allergies, but not about guns in the home. According to ABC News, roughly 85% of accidental child shootings between 2003 and 2006 were committed by another child. With statistics like that, perhaps we should start talking to each other about how our firearms are stored when having our children’s friends over.


Hiding the Guns Doesn’t Work


One of the most shocking parts of the special was when the news team visited the homes of parents who didn’t have gun safes and who simply hid their weapons. All of the parents that 20/20 visited said that their children didn’t know where they kept their guns. The children surprised their parents by leading them straight to the hiding places. Sawyer and Muir gave a quick update after the show and gladly reported that the parents who hid their guns had since gone out and purchased safes to store their firearms.


It may be no one’s right to tell someone how to educate their children about gun safety; however, after watching the special and hearing the stories of the two families that lost a child because of unsecured firearms, it is clear that storing guns correctly is crucial. Parents can protect everyone by investing in a gun safe for their firearms to keep them out of the hands of their unsupervised children.



Gun Safe Colors – What’s Your Favorite?

Did you know that you have your choice of color when you buy one of our gun safes?

Sportsman Steel Safes - Gun Safe Color Chart

Take our poll – let us know your favorite gun safe color!


Is there another color you don’t see here that you’d like to see on one of our gun safes?


Gun Safety Programs for Children

Owning a gun is a big responsibility, especially when you have children. Many people don’t realize that a majority of accidents involving guns could have been avoided if the firearms were properly locked in safes and other precautions were taken. According to Common Sense About Kids and Guns, over 13,000 children were injured by a gun in 2002. Further, the organization says that “40% of American households have a gun in them, and 30% of those guns are loaded and not secured.” These statistics are terrifying and as a result, many organizations are creating gun safety programs directed at children to help bring these numbers down.


Your child should never find this lying around. A gun safe and other safety precautions could prevent this.

  • Eddie Eagle Gun Safe ProgramEddie the Eagle was created by the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and is directed at children from preschool to third grade. The program teaches kids what to do in the event that they find a gun. The mascot has visited over 26 million children and Eddie the Eagle never discusses whether owning a gun is good or bad, but promotes the importance of not touching a firearm if they ever see one.
  •– This is a nationwide program that puts an emphasis on teaching people who own firearms how to properly handle and store them. The program offers free “Safety Kits,” which include a cable-style gun-locking device and a pamphlet that addresses proper gun safety and storage. The purpose of the program is to prevent children from getting their hands on firearms and harming themselves or others. If you are interested in receiving a “Safety Kit,” visit the website to find out who the distribution partner is in your area.
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)– This organization doesn’t have a gun safety program for children, but it does have many great videos and lots of information for kids on its website. The site has a video about McGruff the Crime Dog and gun safety. Along with the video, the website features a teacher’s guide and safety pledge that children can take after watching. There is also a video directed at older children (grades 6-9) which focuses on how to stay safe around guns. The information on this site would be very useful for any teacher or school that wants to teach a lesson on the importance of gun safety.

All of these programs stress the importance of keeping firearms in gun safes so that they are out of the reach of children. It is the responsibility of every gun owner to make sure that they are properly caring for and storing their firearm.



Gun Safety Tips

Owning a gun is a big responsibility. Many accidents could have been avoided if the owner had taken the precaution of keeping their firearms in a gun safe. It should be the goal of every gun owner to respect their weapon and keep it secured when it is not in use to prevent any mishaps. In order to be a conscientious gun owner, there are some things that you MUST do.


  • Always make sure that your gun is facing a direction that is safe. A safe direction means that the gun is pointed so that, even if it is accidentally set off, no one will be injured. Often, the best way of doing this is to keep the gun facing down.
  • Your gun should always be unloaded when it isn’t being used. Whenever you put your gun away, you should unload it; further, when you take it out of storage, the first thing you should do is make sure it’s empty. Make sure that the safety is on and point the gun in a safe direction while checking.
  • Your bullets should never be stored in the same place as your gun.
  • Your finger should stay off of the trigger until you are actually ready to shoot it.
  • Make sure that everyone in your home is educated on gun safety. To help explain gun safety to your children, visit the site This organization has a ton of helpful information to present and discuss with your children. The site also includes a pledge for your children to sign after you’ve spoken to them on the subject. 
  • Your guns should always be stored securely in a gun safe, which should be kept out of plain sight. You’ll want to avoid drawing attention to your home because there are people who rob homes specifically for guns.
  • Keep your gun clean at all times. In fact, you should clean it as soon as you are done using it.
  • Purchase a locking apparatus that keeps the gun from functioning when it’s not being used. Gun locks act as an additional level of safety.

It is the responsibility of every owner to make sure that their guns are safe at all times. If, at any point, you feel that you are unable to be a responsible owner, it is up to you to turn your firearm in. You will be held accountable if there is ever an accident involving your gun, even if it was not in your hands. For more information on how to properly care for a gun, visit the website of the National Rifle Association of America.